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Spotify and WMG seal their deal – including ‘additional markets’

The coronavirus pandemic appeared to have put the long-running soap opera of Spotify’s licensing renewals with major labels on hiatus. Now it’s returning: with concrete progress. “Warner Music Group and Spotify are...
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Space is the place for new Big Beat Records campaign

Warner Music Group’s Big Beat Records label is preparing to release a new album called ‘Big Beat Ignition: Space’ on 3 April. The 10-track compilation has an intergalactic theme – “anyone else down for a space...
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WMG poaches Sony’s Jay Mehta to head new Warner Music India arm

India already has its own major music companies in the form of T-Series, Zee Music, Saregama and others. However, the global major labels are all keen to make waves in India, with Sony Music’s early foothold now being followed...
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Report claims Warner Music Group is delaying its IPO

Warner Music Group may be delaying the plans to go public that it announced earlier this year. The label group has not made an official announcement, and indeed hadn’t yet confirmed specific timescale for its IPO anyway....
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James Blunt launches audio e-cards campaign for Valentine’s Day

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so if you have a partner (or an object of your affections) how are you planning to celebrate? Chocolates and flowers? Furry handcuffs and a glint in the eye? A brisk lecture about Valentine's...
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Warner Music Group springs a surprise with IPO filing

It’s official: Warner Music Group is now ‘The Beyoncé of Initial Public Offerings’. The major label group has surprise-dropped an IPO (okay, we’ll abandon this comparison now) on the industry, announcing a filing...
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Warner Music Group sets a new quarterly revenues record

Anyone looking for licensing-related drama in Warner Music Group’s latest quarterly earnings call will have been disappointed. “Our partnerships with our digital distributors have never been better,” said CEO Steve...
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Tech, innovation and music: ‘Pick one little thing and go deep!’

“VR is shit! It’s shit but it doesn’t have to be. Certainly the hardware’s not all the way there yet, it’s quite bulky and if you put it on for an hour or so you’re going to get a pretty raging headache and neck...
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Spotify and Warner Chappell settle their dispute in India

Spotify’s launch in India last year was marred by a licensing dispute with Warner Chappell, in which Spotify argued that it could use a statutory licence designed for broadcasters to cover its use of the publisher’s...
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WMG tightens Dogan partnership with Warner Music Turkey launch

Warner Music and Doğan Music already have a partnership in Turkey but have now expanded the scope of that relationship with the opening of Warner Music Turkey. The two companies will work on building up domestic repertoire...
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Warner Music Group appoints its first senior privacy counsel

Here’s an interesting job title for a major label: senior privacy counsel. Warner Music Group has just created the role, and appointed Clare McConnell to it, reporting in to WMG’s general counsel, international, Kate...
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Rights-buyups heat up with WMG/Providence and Hipgnosis

One of the trends of 2019 so far concerns the value of music catalogues (publishing rights, mainly, but also master recordings) as well as the well-funded entities jostling to buy them. A pair of stories yesterday offered...